Small Ways to Build a Solid Relationship

We all go through life meeting and forming relationships with numerous different people. Our parents and siblings, extended family, friends, teachers, and significant others are just a few of the different kinds of relationships that we forge over time.

The quality of our relationships often helps to shape and influence our quality of life. In order to build strong and solid relationships, check out the tips below for fostering and strengthening these bonds.

Put Others First (but not all the time)

When you are in a relationship with another person, it’s important to occasionally put their needs above your own. This might include things like doing activities that they enjoy, accompanying them to difficult events, helping in times of need, and similar tasks. Of course, it’s also important to not ALWAYS put them first. A good relationship has a lot of give and take. If you are always giving or always taking, it might be time to reevaluate the relationship.

Communicate Openly

The best relationships are based on good communication. If you’re upset, tell them. If you’re happy, tell them. It is these shared experiences that make relationships work and grow. It also allows you to get to know the other person when you both tell each other things without the fear of judgement. No matter what kind of relationship you’re in, whether it be familial, friendly, or romantic, good and open communication remains a staple for lasting potential.

Do (Unexpected) Things for Them

Doing something for someone is a great way to let them know that you care. It doesn’t have to be a huge or expensive gesture. Small acts of kindness go a really long way. Wash the dishes for your sibling when it’s their turn. Take out the trash for a friend. Pick a flower from the yard on your way inside and give it to your spouse. Tiny little acts of kindness peppered throughout a relationship let the other person know how much you care about them. When the act is unexpected, it can mean a lot, but even doing things that are “expected”, like helping through hard times or doing your share of household chores, is important for the longevity of a relationship.

Relationships are one of the most important parts of life. If you can’t build meaningful relationships, you are more likely to feel depressed or lonely. Use these tips to let others know how much you care and to build relationships to span a lifetime.

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